Mobile operating system alternatives that stand a chance

How many of you out there are sick of the smartphone wars? You know the war of the mobile OS’, largely dominated by Android and iOS. The smartphone wars has chewed up and spit out lot’s of competition over the years, completely destroying some companies (Palm/Hp, Symbian) and some who just refuse to give up (RIM, Microsoft). There’s certainly no lack of choice when it comes to mobile OS preference, but what happens if you get bored with the so-called “Big 4”, wouldn’t you like more options? Well here’s a list of the mobile OS’s that I think may actually stand a chance.

MeeGo

You may have heard of MeeGo before, it’s the OS everyone claimed was doomed. Nokia released it on the N9 stating it was “Our first and last MeeGo phone”. It released to mixed emotions, some praised it for its great simplicity and multitasking where many thrashed the lack of apps and the Ovi Store. No one really paid much attention to MeeGo presuming it would be gone forever, but alas! A group of Nokia employee’s and MeeGo fanboys left Nokia to work on MeeGo and asked the great king Elop if they could have the necessary legal documents to pursue their dream, so with Nokia’s blessing they continue to develop MeeGo and offer it as a free, open operating system, and they all lived happily ever after. The End. (Notice how this story actually works as a fairy tale? that’s pretty neat!)

Mozilla Firefox OS

A Firefox, everyone’s backup browser. The way I see this is, Mozilla saw that google was making “Chrome OS” and they decided that they would do the same thing, but mobile! Firefox OS offers the same experience you get on the Firefox browser, plus a few more features. It’s a very simple operating system with all the basic features you’d expect out of a phone, it’s not really for people who do everything on their phone, it’s for people who do only the basics. App support isn’t that good but considering all the apps will be HTML5 based you should see a lot of web apps appear, they’re not as speedy as native apps but developers won’t mind making them as they’re easy to program and debug and will release them to have a larger market share/consumer base. There’s not much else to say about this other than what we know so far, so we’ll have to wait and see!

Open WebOS

WebOS was actually really promising before HP sent it packing. I always wanted to buy an HP Pre 3, at heart I might still be a webOS fanboy. If you’re like me, there’s hope my brethren! A while back HP released WebOS to the public (this allows anyone to work on the code) and some people got it running on the Galaxy Nexus! So you can say that I’m fascinated, and can’t wait for further development!

Ubuntu Phone

And here we have reached my favourite of the bunch, the ubuntu phone! I’m a huge fan of Ubuntu, I use it on my PC and laptop and have Xubuntu (forked Ubuntu with xfce) running on my laptop. I love the open-ness, the interface, Linux and everything about it. Ubuntu’s been great for me the past couple of years and I’m super stoked that it’s finally going to be arriving on the phone. It has a great new user interface and has support for native apps as well as HTML5 and, when you dock the device it has the capability to turn into a full-fledged ubuntu desktop. The only thing that would make this better is if you could dual-boot it with android and open webOS (high hopes).

There are a couple I didn’t go into detail with such as the Jolla Sailfish and Samsung’s Tizen, but these are the ones I felt would have the most potential to turn into your daily drivers. Sadly we now reach the end of this post, but fear not as there shall be more in the near future, for now you can keep in touch with my twitter @SnazzyHam, thanks for reading folks and as always, Stay Snazzy!

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2012’s top tech might be obsoleted in 2013?

We all know that technology has been advancing at a rapid rate, so fast that the rate of new technology has more than quadrupled over the past couple of years. So fast that some technology tends to die out even a couple of months after it’s inception. So which of these many new technologies have I presumed to be doomed by next year? The portable charger of course!

A year ago, portable chargers were nothing, they were unheard of. Now, everywhere you turn, you’re bound to see a couple. Five in ten of the people in my school have them now; every restaurant, coffee shop, mall and even somewhere like the golf course I see people walking around with those bulky things hooked up to their phone. The main reason of this is, the hardware in smartphones is advancing rapidly, but the batteries aren’t. My blackberry 9360 couldn’t get more than 4 hours maximum on a single charge, thus making it essential for people to have portable chargers. In less than a year, portable chargers have become the norm, they’ve become the most rapidly growing technology that doesn’t classify as a daily driver. Therefore my question arises, what next?

Many people speculate that 2013 will be the year of the extreme batteries, with battery technology expected to advance and with new technologies predicted to be announced at CES in a couple of weeks, does that mean that all these companies that manufacture power packs are going to be going out of business? I’m not sure about that.

While I do believe that power packs are going to be redundant by the year 2013, there’s a large probability that the companies responsible for making portable chargers will be the same companies that invent some sort of technology that will dawn as the new age of batteries. However, what this means for the world of technology is that the market is fluctuating right now and that nothing can prove to be stable. What’s booming this year could just be ancient tech next year, which is why I feel that to jump into the tech industry at a time like this has a very high payout, along with an equally high risk.

What do you think will trend this year? Sound off in the comments below! Also, Check out LinkedGeek.com, a site I work for.

Why I think Facebook messenger has the potential to be a whatsapp killer.

If you haven’t heard, facebook recently launched a new feature within their messenger app for android that allows users to communicate with others by using just their mobile numbers, without the need of a facebook account, similar to other services such as whatsapp and viber. There are many other services similar to this that have tried to “kill” whatsapp but none of them have really succeeded. However, I believe there’s a couple of things that facebook has that can prove to be extremely useful.

1. Wide User Base

Let’s be honest? Who doesn’t have facebook? granted I only have 30% of my real life friends on my facebook friends list, but that’s because I’m very selective of the people I accept requests from. But think about it, with the amount of people already using facebook, you wouldn’t have to keep forcing people to download whatsapp and stuff, they would already have am account, thus making it hassle free. And not to mention it’ll make your contacts look more organized with their facebook display pictures and contact info, or maybe that’s just for those with digital OCD such as myself.

2. Desktop Chat

don’t you just hate it when you’re in a conversation with someone and your battery dies? how about if you need to message someone and your phone is not with you? With whatsapp there wasn’t anything you could do about it, but with facebook messenger you can continue that conversation from your desktop, tablet or anything else, since basically every device is a facebook device now days, even some shitty feature phones!

Well we’ve gone through the good, now on to the bad. It isn’t a secret that people aren’t really big fans of anything that has the name “facebook” in them now days, and that’s what I believe will cause less people to adapt the service. They could go ahead and just drop the facebook, making it just messenger, it’s a relatively small change but a psychological one at that. There are many other things they could do to get people onboard, I personally have been one to criticize facebook and what they do, but there’s something about this app that seems to be promising, guess we’ll just have to wait and watch.

Best Of Windows 8 Hardware – Tablets / Convertibles

With Windows 8 being launched today, a whole slew of devices or computers were launched over the past year to complement it. here’s a list of my favourite tablets, with a list on desktops and laptops coming soon.

1. Dell XPS Duo 12

pros: innovative design, good specifications, ultrabook like form factor

cons: expensive ($1,200) (still cheaper than certain macbook air’s and better IMO)

2. HP Envy x2

pros: looks like a laptop but is also a tablet, brilliant battery life

cons: still unsure for now, will update if any are found

3. Asus Vivo Tab

Just as you expect it to be, comes in RT and Normal variants.

4. Samsung ATIV Smart PC

comes with an S-Pen for galaxy note like functionality!

5. Dell XPS 10

My Thoughts On Apple’s Oct 23 event.

So I’ve just finished watching up on all the recaps and the keynote of the Apple event, and I have a lot off opinions. Some good, Some bad. I’ll categorize them by product then give you an overall conclusion, this is my SAT prep getting in the way of my blogging btw.

1. iPad Mini

this is probably what the entire event was for, and here’s what I feel. First of all, I’m really pissed at Apple because of the way they dissed the Nexus 7, I respected Apple as a company, until that. I mean it’s okay to diss a product of you’re competitor but not when the product you’re offending has specifications that are generations ahead of the Product you’re announcing. The iPad Mini has the same processor as the iPad 2, a dual core chip with dual core graphics. The Nexus 7 comes with a Quad Core chip along a whopping 13 core graphics. How ya like that? The display on the Nexus is crisp and bright whereas the ipad mini’s display doesn’t even come close. One advantage that the Mini has is it’s iSight camera similar to that of the iPad 3, that’s a good shooter for a 7 inch tablet. It also claims to be as thin as a pencil but I’ll have to see it before I can judge. And to be honest, the iPad Mini looks like shit. I loved the 9.7″ on the iPad and even at times prefer using my iPad over my Transformer (for reading news and that sorta stuff) but the Mini has a less than striking form factor, but that’s just my opinion.

2. iPad 4

WTF?? Seriously, now this is bound to really piss anyone off. The iPad 3 was launched around only 7 months back, ONLY 7 MONTHS! and they’ve already signed it’s death certificate. If there’s one thing Apple is known for it’s for their yearly product cycle and always being true to their products, I don’t really know how to explain what I mean by that. I guess I can use an example. When people go to buy a product, they want to know that if they’re spending a lot of money on that product it’s going to be around for a while and won’t be discontinued so quickly. That’s one of the main things I loved about apple. You could buy an Apple product and 2 year’s later it would still be the “in thing”. But it seems like that’s not gonna happen anymore. This particularly bothers me because my dad just bought the iPad 3 in June and it’s already been discontinued?!?! how would that make you feel? The only thing that they claim to have upgraded was the front facing camera and the processor (although it’s still dual core, bummer) was it really a necessary upgrade? Couldn’t they wait till next year and keep the iPad 3 owners happy, now they might have even lost a bunch of loyal customers. What this proves is that Apple felt threatened by the launch of Microsoft’s Surface tablet that they felt they had the need to remind people of how “amazing” their products are.

3. 13″ Macbook Pro with Retina Display

Now this is a product I have personally been waiting for for a long time. It’s thinner, lighter, faster, more powerful and to top it all off it has that gorgeous retina display! My God is that thing a beauty. It’s crisp, rich, beautiful and elegant, everything a man needs in a girl (ba dum tiss). Seriously though, some people complain that “ohh there’s no disc drive, it’s useless” I say do away with that monstrosity! it’s not like anyone uses discs anymore. Send it the way of the floppy! Sayonara cd’s! My only gripe with the MBP is that it doesn’t have a decent video card! The Macbook pro has always been the perfect computer for an aspiring filmmaker as it’s mobile and has all the power needed to edit videos on the fly, most students in a filmmaking course use 13 inch macbook pro’s, the 15 inch is a bit too big to carry around and not to mention really pricey! Now that the MBP is running Intel Integrated Graphics (Eww! i know!) it’s not going to be able to edit video all that great, sure it would pull off some basic edits but throw some Magic Bullet on that bad boy and it’s going to choke! It’s a great laptop, one of the best in my opinion but it’s not for everyone.

4. Mac Mini

I love the idea of the Mac Mini, a not so expensive mac for people who want to dive into the ecosystem but not spend so much money. There’s not much to say about the new Mac Mini, it contains all the updates you would come to expect, faster ram, better processor and the usual. One thing to note is that, again, no graphics card. The mac mini is basically an MBP without the display. So why do they call it a desktop computer? it has a mobile motherboard, mobile RAM, and mobile everything, its not really a desktop.

5. iMac

I LOVE THE NEW iMAC! That is all. haha, all joking aside, it really is gorgeous. Have you seen it? it’s so thin! and Beautiful! The Specs are decent and finally I can say this, it has a VIDEOCARD! The display is gorgeous and I’m sure windows 8 will look bause on it (don’t hate). Again my only gripe is that due to it’s mobility, it’s got mobile architecture and you can’t really replace the components within it. So what happens in two years when the hardware in your iMac get’s outdated and you want to replace it? On a PC you can just open the case, change one or two components and you’re good to go, on the new iMac, tough luck bro.

apple was a respectable company but it seems like ever since the passing of
Steve Jobs the company has been going downhill, having products with no real
“zing” to them. In my opinion, apple felt threatened by Microsoft’s launch of
the Surface tablet and Windows 8 and Google’s upcoming launch of the Nexii (plural
of nexus) and therefore chose to have a sudden event that so convienently occured
before Microsoft and Google’s events. This clearly shows that they knew that they
would have problems, especially since they’ve already lost a ton of market share
to the Nexus and are bound to loose some to the Surface. It might be a smart move,
but I don’t think it’s ethical. I honestly think it’s brilliant that they chose
to do that, but they shouldn’t have dissed the nexus the way they did, it was a
pussy move to make and shows how unproffesional they can be. I have forever lost
my respect for apple as a ccompany.

p.s. Saahil if you’re reading this I’m sorry, I know you’re a fanboy
but you have to face the reality, apple is declining. Their dissipation
is near.